The long awaited second runway at Malaga airport will open on Tuesday, doubling the airports capacity. Last year nearly 13 million people used the airport, which is the fourth busiest in Spain The work on the new runway began in August 2007 and will have cost around 400 million euros.

The runway will be officially opened by Spain’s Development Minister, Ana Pastor in tomorrow’s ceremony. The airport’s traffic is forecast to increase from the current 37 operations per hour to around 72 per hour in the future, as the world’s economy recovers.

The new runway has been built at an angle of 14 degrees from the existing runway, along with a new aircraft parking apron and associated taxiways. It has a length of 2,750 metres for landings and 3,090 metres for takeoff.

As part of the works, a tunnel has been constructed for part of the Málaga-Fuengirola railway track, a mile long channel has been built for the Guadalhorce River, and a new fire service building has been built to cover both runways.

As well as flights to and from the UK, Malaga airport has services to over 60 countries world wide.

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